I’m Boycotting Xmas!

My Words will never pass away

My Words will never pass away

That’s right. I’m boycotting this. It’s a heartbreaking holiday, which I have found most people don’t understand. People filled with hate, still honor a god, whom they do not know. They pay homage, to Xmas, or Santa, or St. Nick. Or whatever else they may deem, their god.

The stores are itching their greedy palms in anticipation of this one day. The advertisements on tv are ripe with words of enticement. We should want this. This is the next big thing.

Really? Because this is the one time a year, people think they are expected to be nice? And why is that? Jesus Christ cannot be mentioned, except in curse or jest. The name, so offensive to some that the holiday, named after Him, can no longer carry His name. He has been ‘X’d out. A censor which has people walking on eggshells, lest we offend. Yet, these same, celebrate this day.

I listen to stories of people being robbed of money in mall parking lots. People breaking into homes to steal the gifts under the tree. The stories of suicides increasing at this time of the year. And the latest tragedy; innocent children gunned down.

As these little ones anticipated this holiday or perhaps this holiday season, they were violently snatched from this life. I watched the memorial last night and couldn’t bear the thought of these parents. Notes and stuffed animals piled up on the walkway. Candles to memorialize all of those lives.

I thought of my own tree and how it must feel for some of those parents. Gifts under the tree and yet no one to open them. Oh, how I wept. I was sobbing. It seemed no way of stopping the flow of tears. The pain is so unbearable, and yet, I’m a stranger.

But the Lord reminded me, that the true meaning of Christmas is that He was also torn from this life. Yet, His plan was to come to us. Immanuel, God with us. And knowing what a horrible death this would be. Yet, the violence of mankind was no different then. The heart of man is evil.  He has told us this. “The heart of man is wicked. Who can know it?” There were men who longed to spill His blood. Hateful and vengeful. Yet, they are the same ones who set aside this day to honor Him. And hate the rest of the year.

But Christ told us, “That no man takes my life, but I lay it down willingly, so that mankind may be saved.” Yes, He knew the plan, and yet He went through with it. For our sake. And He was an innocent, condemned to death. But He tells us, He is a man who has suffered all things.” He surely knows the sorrow we feel and He is here to comfort us.

Our Lord does not make evil happen. There is still a plan. Only He knows. We cannot understand why these terrible things happen. Our hearts reel with pain, as we try to find reasons. But He has a timetable to end this. And He has provided a way for us.A light in this darkness. A way for us to hold on to comfort. ” He layed His life down willingly, only to take it up again.” This is why we can celebrate. We will see our loved ones again.Like a bad dream, this will end. “And He will wipe every tear from our eyes.”

When King David lost his child. He fasted and wept, in the hopes of sparing this baby’s life. But after the baby died, his servant wanted to know why, he now got up to dress and eat. He told him, that his baby was with the Lord. “And he will not come to me, but I will go to him one day.”

This is the hope within each of us. This is what CHRISTmas is. And this we celebrate, every day of our lives. And what honors Him on this day and every day is, “The love we have, one for another.” Laying down our lives for another. This is the true HOLY day.

As Paul stated in scripture, “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.” So, I am boycotting, Xmas, and celebrating, the birth, death and rebirth of our Savior, Jesus Christ! 1Corinthians 15:19

Peace and blessings to all of you.

Jesus Wept-John 11:35

Jesus grief

Jesus grief

“Jesus Wept.” The shortest verse in scripture, yet one of the most powerful.

When you read the account it is at the time of Lazarus death. Mary and Martha, sent word to Jesus, who was with his disciples. He was told that Lazarus was sick.

Yet upon hearing these words, Jesus “stayed for three more days.” He then told his disciples that,” Lazarus is already asleep and I must wake him.”

Of course the disciples thought Jesus was speaking of the natural and He had to tell them plainly,” Lazarus is dead.”

People question the reasons for Jesus, remaining behind when reading this story. First, Mary and Martha send word that, “the one you love is sick.” This certainly indicates a strong relationship between Jesus and Lazarus.

Also, people wonder at these two powerful words. “Jesus Wept.” Why did Jesus deliberately take His time, knowing that his good friend was dying? Why also, did Jesus cry if He knew, He could resurrect him?

Well the answer lies in verse14, when He tells His disciples, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake, I’m glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”

Jesus knew this was to be the miracle that He would perform for all to see and it would be a true testimony of faith.

It is interesting that Thomas makes his doubting obvious already, as he states in verse 16, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him. He knew that Jesus was hated by the religious leaders and assumed that they would all be killed. I’m sure you recognize Thomas. He was the same guy that said, when confronted in the upper room, by Jesus, in His resurrected body, “unless I can touch the scars on your hands, I cannot believe.” Well, doubting Thomas, was a doubter, no more.

Now, upon Jesus arrival, Mary and Martha had been mourning the death of their brother. I know this deep grief, as I have lost two brothers. And knowing that the messiah was standing here, a little bit too late, must have added to their grief.

Mary ran and fell at Jesus feet, weeping and stated, “Lord if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping it says that He was deeply moved. The translation is “profound emotion involving anger.” Why would He be angry? Because this is the direct result of Satans destruction. Satan brought misery and sin into this world. But Jesus reminded Martha, “I am the resurrection and the Life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me, shall never die.:Then Jesus poses the question of faith, “Do you believe this? “Martha answers, “Yes, Lord, I believe you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”

It was after Mary fell at His feet that her and the others that had come along with her led Jesus to the tomb.” When He saw where Lazarus was laid, “Jesus wept.” verse 35

This scripture has always fascinated me. I went on a retreat once and everyone had handkerchiefs at their seats. On the handkerchief it said, “Jesus Wept.” and a little teardrop was painted on it. We cried a lot that weekend. It was a Via De Cristo, weekend. I was a very new believer and it was so instrumental in my walk with the Lord. All of us used those handkerchiefs and remembered that the Lord feels our pain.

I have grown to understand that Jesus, although He is God, was also in human form. He understood the plight of mankind and the suffering that all of us would endure. The grief that comes with the death of a loved one. He knew that all of the suffering of the world filled Him. He carried this with Him and on this day, He was about to show mankind, that indeed, He had overcome the world. He was about to prove to those who had faith, that this was just the beginning of His plan of redemption. It would be His own death and resurrection that would ‘seal the deal.’ He came to “destroy the works of the devil.”

Of course Jesus knew that Lazarus would die a natural death, again one day. Yet now He was going to resurrect him, for everyone to see the meaning of life eternal. In verse 40, Jesus had to deal with doubt once again, as He told them to remove the stone in front of the tomb. Martha was telling Him that by now the odor would be very strong as Lazarus had been dead for 4 days. “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” He asks once again.

So it seems that faith, is the key. How can one receive faith? Well, God tells us in His word that, “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. So the first step to building our faith is to know God by reading His words to us. The bible is a spiritual book and we are also made in His image. A body, a soul and a spirit.

I just heard of a friend who has lost his father and his brother. All within the last year. The same thing happened to me. I know the extreme grief that comes with this loss. But so does the Lord. Surely if He cried, He feels our deepest sorrows. Yes, He has redeemed us. So at His return, we shall not see death. When I lost my brother, I was with him. And seeing what I saw, made me believe. I saw my brother lift himself up and he looked as if he was excited, and anxious to leave with someone. My family saw this and exclaimed, “Who is he looking at?” As we called out to him that we loved him, he seemed to leave his own body. He took a couple of breaths and laid back so peacefully, as if to go to sleep. I didn’t know about these scriptures until I became a Christian. After reading these accounts, I could relate to all of this. Now I understand why it is important to read His words to us. It comforts our spirits and teaches us about the one who loves us.

I spoke with someone the other night and he claimed, he didn’t believe in God. My belief is that people that say this, want to be convinced. This is easy enough to me. I think that to believe in nothing, takes more faith. To believe that all of this created itself, by blowing up? That takes a lot of faith and I would say that the only way one will believe God’s truth, is first to know it.

The Lord very clearly told us that “He is the Resurrection and the Life.” He tells us we must believe in Him if we want eternal life.

My statement to those who challenge my faith is this; If I believe what the Lord tells us  and I’m wrong, I won’t lose anything. But if you believe in nothing and refuse His offer, you will stand to lose everything.

However, there’s no turning back for me. I do believe and His truth is absolute. It isn’t a truth of convenience. It’s all written in His word and all of us can have it. He says, “I hold in my hands, blessing or curse, Life or death. Choose life!”